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There’s always something to cheer about at Special Olympics Virginia! Our most recent news stories are below. You can also check out our calendar to find out what’s happening near you.

For media inquiries and questions about Special Olympics Virginia, email Holly Claytor, Vice President, Development & Communications, at [email protected] or call her at 804.726.3025.


2 Virginia Athletes Headed to NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago

As part of the NBA All-Star 2020,12 Special Olympics athletes from around the world–including two from Virginia–will be joined by NBA& WNBA players and legends for the ninth annual NBA Cares…

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GEICO and Special Olympics Virginia announce $50K donation, continuing 25-year partnership in 2020

RICHMOND, VA– GEICO and Special Olympics Virginia (SOVA) announce their continued partnership at the onset of a new decade. The Virginia-based GEICO offices have supported Special Olympics Virginia programs for almost 25 years through sponsorship, employee volunteerism and fundraising efforts. In 2020,…

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Ice-Breaking Year at Virginia Beach

4,000+ members of the Plunger Colony came together to Raise a Record-Breaking $1.350 Million for Special Olympics Virginia at 28th Polar Plunge® Festival. It was rosy cheeks, cold toes and cool costumes as far as the eye could see this weekend…

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Polar Plunge set for this weekend, Feb. 7-8, in VA Beach

Did you know a group of penguins is called a colony? We have a serious love of penguins around here thanks to the team at Vigilant Creative, who artfully led our 2020 Polar Plunge brand refresh. And the coolest colony in…

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Volunteer at Basketball Championships

Welcome New Partner: Stafford Tourism Start off your March with a slam dunk! Join us at Special Olympics Virginia’s Basketball Championships, March 6-7 in Stafford. More than 850 athletes will go for gold in full court, half-court, unified and individual…

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The 2020 Xperience brings the best to Charlottesville

The 2020 Xperience featured the top Special Olympics Tennis players from North America. The 3-day tournament hosted at the Boar's Head Resort in Charlottesville is an annual event that was started to fulfill the dream of local Special Olympics athlete Jon…

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New VAHPERD partnership will encourage inclusion and fundraising in schools

Special Olympics Virginia (SOVA) and the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (VAHPERD) are excited to announce the start of an official partnership in January 2020.The partnership will focus on increasing communications and resources provided to schools…

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Inclusion in Schools - An easy feat with all of these feet

January 10, 2020 -  On your mark, get set, GO! Starting in late February, hundreds of school-age athletes will participate in Little Feet Meets, Meet in the Middle events and Big Feet Meets across Virginia. These Unified Strategy for Schools® events…

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Teaming Up with Publix Super Markets

Special Olympics teams up with Publix Super Markets to ring in the New Year with the annual Torch Icon Campaign from Jan. 1-12, 2020. This annual event unites Publix associates, customers and local communities in an effort to support thousands of…

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A Look Back at 2019

"When we meaningfully include others who are different in our lives, we can erase the lines that divide us. It is our responsibility to leave Special Olympics better than we found it for the next generation; a Unified generation.…

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